Friday, 14 September 2018 08:30

L-R, App State Cross Country Teams Compete at Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational

Domtila Kiplagat finished ninth overall in leading the Bears in the women's race Domtila Kiplagat finished ninth overall in leading the Bears in the women's race Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

The Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country team hosted the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational at Southside Park on Thursday evening. The women ran to a second place finish, while the men took home fourth.

The women trailed only Division I Appalachian State in the meet. The Bears finished ahead of Carson-Newman, USC Upstate, Tusculum and Lees-McRae in their home meet. Domtila Kiplagat was the top pacing Bear, finishing the 5k course in a time of 18:45.54. Following Kiplagat was Faith Faller who finished in 14th win a time of 19:26.75. Coming in just two seconds later was Kylie Dahlberg who came in 15th. Caroline Hillard placed in the top-20 and Paiton Fair and Brooke Zeman also posted solid times.

The men's team was led by a stellar run by junior Josh Adkins who came in 13th place with a time of 26:06.80. Right on Adkins' heels was teammate Jayden Hefner who finished in 14th and ran the 8k course in 26:10.97. Petar Ivackovic placed 24th for the Bears, running a time of 26:44.34 and Corbin Boyles finished just 1.7 seconds later.

The Bears return to action on September 28 when they compete in the Queens Invitational at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, the Appalachian State men's cross country team took first place at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Thursday evening. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but was moved up a day due to weather forecasts associated with Hurricane Florence.

App State finished with 23 points in the meet for first place. Tusculum was second with 73 points and USC Upstate was third with 93 points.

"We looked to maintain a pack and then press during the final two miles, which is exactly what we did," said head cross country coach Michael Curcio. "To come off of a workout on Tuesday and have six runners post 8k times of under 26 minutes is something to build on."

The Mountaineers had seven runners finish in the top-10 in the meet. Collin Loy finished second overall in 25:38.18 and Michael Flanagan was right behind in third place in 25:41.34.

Ryan Brown placed fifth overall with a time of 25:53.24, Dakota Mendenhall was sixth in 25:54.12 and Gable Dershem was seventh in 25:56.27.

Isaac Benz claimed eighth place in 25:58.44 and Zachary Mercer was 10th with a time of 26:04.12.

App State will be off next weekend and will compete again at the USC Upstate Invitational on Sept. 29 at 9 a.m.

1. Appalachian State - 23
2. Tusculum - 73
3. USC Upstate - 94
4. Lenoir-Rhyne - 96
5. Montreat - 125
6. Lees-McRae - 141
7. Carson-Newman - 172
8. Patrick Henry CC - 251


Women's Recap


NEWTON, N.C. -- Appalachian State women's cross country claimed the top five spots and eight of the top-10 overall finishers at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Thursday evening. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Friday evening, was moved up a day due to weather projections of Hurricane Florence.

The Mountaineers captured the meet with 15 points. Host Lenoir-Rhyne was second with 62 points and Carson-Newman was third with 88 points.

"Due to the weather situation, we were able to go to Lenoir-Rhyne and compete tonight," said head cross country coach Michael Curcio. "It was two days earlier than we anticipated, but we were pleased with our results after training for meets that were scheduled for later in the week."

Leading App State across the finish line for the second consecutive race was Phylissa Greeley, who finished first overall in 18:05.52. Samantha Kolor was second with a time of 18:18.73 and Katelyn Butler was third in 18:23.30.

Emily Fedders finished fourth with a time of 18:27.10 and Izzy Evely rounded out the top-five with a time of 18:31.24.

Also posting top-10 finishes were Elisa Sargent (seventh in 18:32.69), Sarah Hajnos (eighth in 18:41.54) and Megan Scannell (10th in 18:51.13).

The Mountaineers will compete next at the USC Upstate Invitational on Sept. 29. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m.

Team Standings
1. Appalachian State - 15
2. Lenoir-Rhyne - 62
3. Carson-Newman - 88
4. USC Upstate - 88
5. Tusculum - 146
6. Lees-McRae - 173



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